What the NAACP Means to Me // 'Black Media Speaks' Virtual Panel #BlackLivesMatter




Since the senseless murder of George Floyd, Amy Cooper's antics, and other discussion of black lives being taken by white supremacists and police brutality, it's important for us to showcase black media. When I can't speak on certain issues, when I don't have the words, I go to black media sources who can share my pain, frustrations, and healing abilities. One of them is the NAACP: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO // This Gave Me My First Book Hangover // REVIEW


This is my Review of the Month for the review collection on LovelyAudiobooks.info.

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

YALLWEST #YALLSTAHOME DAY 2: The American Experience 2.0, Juvenalia

  • The American Experience 2.0
    • I explained the slight chaos with this panel in yesterday's post, but in case you didn't know, this panel had to be done over again the next day, due to moderator Lauren Myracle being pretty ignorant and reducing everyone's comments, as a white-hetero- cis woman. Yeah, the Twitter timeline was not happy about that.
    • Let's just say the second try was way better. This version was way more in depth, and everyone was more involved. 

YALLWEST #YALLSTAYATHOME DAY 1 - Creating in the Time of Corona, This American Experience




Since this would have been my first book event to go to, I decided to create a day-by-day post of me attending YALLWEST's Virtual Convention, YALLSTAYATHOME. The scheduled conferences were held through Zoom, and it was nice to get to hear from experienced authors and writers on their perspectives on various topics. 

Here were some notes I took during the Zoom conferences today:

BOOKENDING SPRING 2020 // BEGIN AGAIN


Hey guys! Sorry I lost track of this blog event. It's been kinda crazy in my house lately, and we only have 2 laptops in the household, one of which I now have to share with my niece. But you guys didn't click on this post to hear my sob story, you came for the blog challenge of the day for Bookending Spring!

This week's host is Isabelle @ Nine Tale Vixen:
Begin Again
If you were to restart your blog / bookstagram / other media account knowing what you know now, what (if anything) would you change? What tips would you give to newbie bloggers?

CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE BY TOMI ADEYEMI // A Confusing, Magical Roller Coaster // SPOILER-FILLED REVIEW


This is my Review of the Month for the review collection on LovelyAudiobooks.info.

 I'm taking a bit of a break from Bookending Spring to write, fangirl and share my thoughts about Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

I know the tagline is a bit of a stretch for you guys to comprehend, but you guys.... if you knew how my emotions were during this read...

BOOKENDING SPRING 2020 // DAY 4: SMILE FOR THE SHELFIE!


If you missed my first two posts for Bookending Spring 2020, visit the official tab HERE.

Today's host is still Sam @ Fictionally Sam: 

Smile for the Shelfie! 
Take a picture of your bookshelves and/or stacks and explain how you organize your books!

BOOKENDING SPRING 2020 DAY 2 // THE WEDDING TAG



If you missed my first post for Bookending Spring 2020, check it out HERE.

Day two's host is still Sam @ FictionallySam, who was so kind as to tag me. Thank you, dear! Love you so much!

The Wedding Tag [Original]
An Original tag that plays off the wedding phrase: “Something Old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”

Rules:
1. Answer the prompts.
2. Tag some friends.
3. Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Sam @ Fictionally Sam)
4. Have fun!

BOOKENDING SPRING 2020 // DAY 1 - KNOCK OFFS



Bookending Spring returns with an all-new cast of hosts!!

I'm so glad that creators Clo @ Cuppa Clo and Sam @ Fictionally Sam have decided to bring this little event back this year. Regardless of how crazy this world has gotten this year, it's good for the blogging community to come together for this quarterly event for the Spring season. I'm not a host this season, but I'll still play along with you guys and participate as much as I can. I'm home all day now, so I got time!

#Quarantunes and Books // Let's Discuss Our Favorite Artists and Stories!


I know this is a bit of a tough time for the world right now, so I don't want to talk about the Big 'Rona today. this week, I want to discuss our favorite books and the music that goes along with them.

Briana from Pages Unbound asked: Are there any books that remind you of songs? Or songs that remind you of books?

BOOK BLOGGER HOP RETURNS! // Books, Movies, TV Shows and More!


Book Blogger Hop is back! At least on my blog. 

I haven't done BBH in so long, I thought it was time to bring it back for fun, at least to see if I can still have discussions about books that are not in the most conventional way. 

MAGICAL O.W.L.S READATHON 2020 // My Very VERY Tentative Second Attempt and TBR


This is the second time I'm trying out the Magical OWLs Readathon 2020, hosted and created by G of Book Roast on Booktube. Last year (or maybe the year before?) when I tried this massive, amazing readathon, I felt so overwhelmed by my career choice (Healer), that I psyched myself out and gave up. But this time, I want to actually try again. This time with an easier career choice that is linked to a career choice in my real life: Librarian!

Macmillan's Unfair Ebook Embargo // My Thoughts on the Battle Between Libraries and Publishers


I know I'm about two months late with this topic, but I still have yet to share my thoughts about Macmillan's ebook embargo.

PRIDE BY IBI ZOBOI // What If 'Pride and Prejudice' was in Modern NYC? // REVIEW


As a huge fan of the Pride and Prejudice 2005 movie, I was excited to read an Afro-Latinx, urban version of the classic by Jane Austen with much success. 

This is my Review of the Month for the review collection on LovelyAudiobooks.info.

An ARMY's Love Letter to 'The Late Late Show with James Corden' // BTS "BLACK SWAN" PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS



Dear James Corden and company,

First I would like to say how excited I am for BTS' comeback for this Map of the Soul:7 album era. I've been following tweets, releases, behind-the-scenes information and more in preparation for this comeback. I'll never be ready for when it actually happens, but me and my ARMY friends are preparing as we speak. 

RED WHITE & ROYAL BLUE BY CASEY MCQUISTON // Such a Funny, Fantastic Read! // REVIEW (SOME SPOILERS)


I just finished Casey McQuiston's Red, White and Royal Blue and while most of my thoughts are all over the place, I still had a good time reading this book. 

This is my Review of the Month for the review collection on LovelyAudiobooks.info.

NEWS // Join DnA Publishing Group on Patreon!


In case you haven’t heard, my best friend Angela and I have launched our new Patreon page for our publishing startup, DnA Publishing Group. 

DnA Publishing Group encourages black women to share their stories of upliftment, courage, and strength across a wide variety of genres. Our goal is to give voices to marginalized communities.

In order to make this dream happen, we need your help! Join our community to change publishing forever!

TWEET CUTE BY EMMA LORD // Wednesday Books BLOG REVIEW TOUR



I'm pretty stoked to announce and present my review tour spot for Tweet Cute by Emma Lord from Wednesday Books and NetGalley. Given that Wednesday Books was the same publisher that distributed Again, But Better by Christine Riccio earlier this year, I had to jump on the chance to help promote their next novel.

I'm Back! My Reading and Life Goals for 2020


Hey guys!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I know it's been a while since I've last posted, and since it's the new year, I thought I'd start things off with an easy post for my goals, both in reading and life in general.